The WVDA Water Quality Program consists of sampling and analyzing 16 streams in the 8 counties that makeup the eastern panhandle of WV. Samples are collected at a frequency of 1 to 3 times per month depending on the specific stream.
Field parameters such as pH, temp, conductivity dissolved oxygen, etc. are recorded at each site; samples are then collected and preserved to be taken to the WVDA Water Quality laboratory at the WVDA Moorefield Office for further analysis. Since July 1998, over 50,000 water samples have been collected and analyzed at the WVDA Moorefield Field Office.
Data that has been collected by the WVDA Water Quality Program has been used by a variety of groups and agencies, including the WV Department of Environmental Protection, Chesapeake Bay Program, United States Environmental Protection Agency, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia University, West Virginia Conservation Agency, and several non-profit organizations.
The data has been invaluable for assessing water quality trends over a long period of time, as well as prioritizing Best Management Practices (BMP) which in turn help to reduce nutrients and sediment in the streams of West Virginia.